It was March over a decade ago. I had just finished singing Amazing Grace and was headed down from the choir loft back to my pew. My Dad began the eulogy for my Grandma, who had died that week. He looked at his brothers and sisters in the first row and said, “I am thankful for expectations.”
Sometimes we are told to expect less. Don’t listen. Some of my biggest successes have come just after I was warned to “lower my expectations.”
I was told not to expect…
- to sell that product in my rural market
- to get that job without direct experience
- “them” to care as much as me
- to make an impact too quickly
- that kind of motivation to work in a union environment
- the VP to wear that costume
- those famous writers to respond to my email
Go beyond the expected.
Expect bigger. It’s not too late. Chose the right influencers.
Thank others for their great expectations.
For Your Team
Teams thirst for challenge – not just “stretch” goals.
Expect more. Tell them what you expect. Expect magic.
Expect your team to BE better, not just achieve more.
For Your Family
Oh boy, here’s where it gets tricky. So much self-help literature says to let go of expectations. I’ll leave those posts to other bloggers. Like my Dad, I am grateful for expectations and possibilities.
Expect excellence, nurture talents, forgive failures, learn together.
How do you create powerful expectations?